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Please check out my free, online album on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/evankerry/sets/play-that-railroad-bill-song

 

It’s heavy on Banjo with a few Guitar tracks thrown in.

 

Enjoy,

 

Evan Kerry

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Vampire Weekend is in hot water for a supposedly stolen Polaroid they used for their latest album. The band welcomes the lawsuit and in my opinion it all depends on the facts presented to see who is right. Here is the photo in question:

ooh la la

If you read the story over at Yahoo, http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/stopthepresses/231834/vampire-weekends-cover-art-contra-versy-model-sues-band-for-2-million/ it tells that there are two sides to every good story.

Later Gator,

Mike

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Prolly the best rag you shall eva hear!

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I read in the New York Times online edition that there was a rent party for Mr. James P. Johnson at a small club in the West Village. This was to provide his grave with a headstone. I think this was a noble idea and I hope they have succeeded in raising enough money to get one. I first started listening to James P. in college and haven’t gotten sick of him yet. One of his best compostitions, in my opinion, is Sugar. A litghthearted tune that almost anyone can be fond of. If you have never heard of James P. Johnson please give him a listen.  Here is a link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/arts/music/06rent.html?_r=1&ref=arts

And here is a picture of Mr. Johnson himself:

jamespjohnson

Here is a link to Eccentricity by Mr. Johnson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouanJDVnVFY

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Growing up in late 90’s America I was a grunge rock fan.  But being of the curious bent I decided to delve into music history a little further. Radio stations such as 93.3WMMR, 94.1WYSP and 102.9 WMGK soon replaced Y100.3 on my FM dial while 610WIP reigned supreme over on AM. After listening to the multitude of classic rock available on FM (610 is the all sports talk radio) I decided that there was something before all of this classic rock that I was exposing myself to. Just where did Jimmy Page get his licks from and who was Mick Jagger imitating. Well boy did I find out and you can too if you listen to Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music.  I found a blog titled The Old Weird America which goes on at length about the various and sundry songs, ballads and dance numbers found on the Anthology all of which were recorded between 1927 and 1932. 

Here is the link to the blog:  http://oldweirdamerica.wordpress.com/

Here is the link to Harry Smith on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Everett_Smith

The Old Weird America goes song by song on each post and gives alternate versions and where to find them.  Tres interessant if you ask me.

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I was speaking to a good friend the other day and he alighted on the subject of the Funerary Violin.  I, being of sound mind and body, had never heard of said subject so I asked him to explain. Well it is supposedly a lost art form resurrected by one Rohan Kriwaczek he solemnly stated. This lost art form is so obscure that it missed the history books and the re-history books. I thought to myself well then this needs looking into.  Here is the link to the page on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Funerary_Violin

It should tell you all you need know about the topic at hand and if you are really interested well then I suggest you buy the book. 

What we have here is fiction historical opposed to Historical Fiction. What I mean is that this gentleman has just barely manipulated the slightest of facts for a small percentage of his piece and for a large majority has made up persons, situations and a whole tradition of music to suit his style of playing. I applaud Rohan on his accomplishment. From what I have heard about the book it seems supremely interesting to me.  Chopin is a thief, The Catholic Church murderers, George Babcotte is a Shakespeare hidden in Time, and other wonders that are just waiting to be discovered on his false pages that spewed from his false tongue.  So if you liked the Da Vinci code as much as I didn’t don’t read this book.

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So, I am a Banjo Geek, yes yes I will admit it to the world, I really am and I am generally into old-timey music and stuff and Americana and all that. Anyways, while cruising around some banjo tab sites I found this>> http://www.aca-dla.org/index.php

It is a Digital Archive of all things musically Appalachian. If you have never given this type of music a good listen then consider this website something to check out. Or if you’ve only seen ‘O Brother’ then again, check out this website.  Even for Professionals and amateurs this website is great.

I hope you are pleasantly surprised.

 

Mike McCullough

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